Best Superhero Films of 2014: Updated with new preview and trailer for the animated Justice League film
It looks like it's that special time of year again, where I publish my series of hubs about the upcoming movies of next year. To those readers that have been following me for a while, I deeply apologize that I wasn't able to publish all my preview hubs for 2013, as originally promised. However, I'm hoping to make up for that this year, as there's no longer any personal distractions in my life at this time. I do appreciate you all still following me, as I can guarantee you that I will strive to get better because that's what you folks deserve.
For those of you who don't know the drill of this by now, I'll give you the skinny. Once every year, I publish a series of preview hubs featuring the upcoming films of next year. Each popular genre gets it's own preview hub along with all the release dates and casting information. Most of them will have trailers, while others won't simply because some of them won't have them yet. However, I will be updating these hubs as that changes.
Also, release dates are subject to change, so be sure to check your local listings. Anyway without further delay, let's get things started by covering the superhero movies of 2014 first in this series of preview hubs.
The Amazing Spider-Man 2
Director: Marc Webb
Writers: Steve Ditko, Stan Lee, Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci, Jeff Pinkner, James Vanderbilt
Cast: Andrew Garfield, Jamie Foxx, Emma Stone, Felicity Jones, Dane DeHaan, Martin Sheen, Sally Field, Paul Giamatti, Stan Lee, Sarah Gadon, Marton Csokas, Denis Leary, Chris Cooper, B.J. Novak, Chris Zylka
Synopsis: Spider-Man squares off against the Rhino and the powerful Electro while struggling to keep his promise to leave Gwen Stacey out of his dangerous life.
Release Date: May 2, 2014
X-Men: Days of Future Past
Director: Bryan Singer
Writers: Matthew Vaughn, Simon Kinberg, Chris Claremont, John Byrne
Cast: Jennifer Lawrence, Hugh Jackman, Ian McKellan, Patrick Stewart, Nicholas Hoult, Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy, Halle Berry, Ellen Page, Evan Peters, Anna Paquin, Peter Dinklage, Shawn Ashmore, Lucas Till, Daniel Cudmore, Booboo Stewart, Omar Sy, Bingbing Fan, Adan Canto, Josh Helman, Robert Crooks, Jaa Smith-Johnson, Thai-Hoa Le, Larry Day, Amelia Giovanni
Synopsis: The ultimate X-Men ensemble fights a war for the survival of the species across two time periods in X-Men: Days of Future Past. The characters from the original X-Men film trilogy join forces with their younger selves from X-Men: First Class in an epic battle that must change the past - to save our future.
Release Date: May 23, 2014
Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Directors: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo
Writers: Ed Brubaker, Jack Kirby, Christopher Markus, Stephen McFeely, Joe Simon
Cast: Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Samuel L. Jackson, Cobie Smulders, Anthony Mackie, Sebastian Stan, Toby Jones, Frank Grillo, Emily VanCamp, Robert Redford, Hayley Atwell, Dominic Cooper, Stan Lee, Jenny Agutter, Callan Mulvey
Synopsis: As Steve Rogers continues his affiliation with S.H.I.E.L.D and struggles to embrace his role in the modern world, he's reunited with James 'Bucky' Barnes, who is now brainwashed Russian assassin known as the 'Winter Soldier'.
Release Date: April 4, 2014
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Producers: Michael Bay, Eric J. Crown, Andrew Form, Bradley Fuller, Scott Mednick, Napoleon Smith III, Denis L. Stewart, Galen Walker
Director: Jonathan Liebesman
Writers: Josh Appelbaum, André Nemec, Kevin Eastman, Peter Laird, Evan Daugherty
Cast: Megan Fox, William Fichtner, Alan Ritchson, Will Arnet, Whoopi Goldberg, Noel Fisher, Jeremy Howard, Abby Elliott, Danny Woodburn, Minae Noji, Pete Ploszek, K. Todd Freeman, Ami Sheth, Alisa Fernandez, Malina Weissman
Synopsis: Aliens invade Earth and inadvertently spawn a quartet of mutated reptile warriors, the Ninja Turtles, who rise up against them to defend the world.
Release Date: August 8, 2014
Guardians of the Galaxy
Director: James Gunn
Writers: Dan Abnett, Gene Colan, Arnold Drake, James Gunn, Andy Lanning, Chris McCoy, Nicole Perlman, Steve Englehart
Cast: Zoe Saldana, Chris Pratt, Michael Rooker, Lee Pace, John C. Reilly, Benicio Del Toro, Glen Close, Djimon Hounsou, Dave Bautista
Voice Cast: Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper
Synopsis: A jet pilot gets stranded in space, and must unite a diverse team of aliens to form a squad capable of defeating cosmic threats.
Release Date: August 1, 2014
Director: José Padilha
Writers: Michael Miner, Nick Schenk, David Self, Edward Neumeier, James Vanderbilt, Joshua Zetumer
Cast: Jay Baruchel, Jackie Earle Haley, Jennifer Ehle, Michael Keaton, Samuel L. Jackson, Gary Oldman, Abbie Cornish, Joel Kinnaman, Michael K. Williams, Aimee Garcia, Miguel Ferrer
Synopsis: In 2028 Detroit, when Alex Murphy (Joel Kinnaman) - a loving husband, father and good cop - is critically injured in the line of duty, the multinational conglomerate OmniCorp sees their chance for a part-man, part-robot police officer.
Release Date: February 12, 2014
Director: Mark Cantu
Writer: Mark Cantu
Cast: Camden Toy, Timmy Williams, Joseph Anthony, Johanna Goldsmith, Andrew Jacobi Jeter, Caitlin Rose Williams, Keith Berry II, Jamye Cox, Bryan Ortiz, Nikki Young, Althria Berry-Goebel, Akasha Banks Villalobos, Jason Scarbrough, Jason Sedillo, Torence White
Synopsis: An out of work husband takes his wife's advice on exaggerating his work experience. When he does, he accidentally lands a job as a superhero. Now with no powers to speak of, he must become a hero as his city is threatened by a great evil.
Release Date: March 15, 2014
Justice League: War
Producers: Sam Register, James Tucker
Director: Jay Oliva
Writers: Heath Corson, Geoff Johns, Jim Lee, Scott Williams
Voice Cast: Sean Astin, Michelle Monaghan, Alan Tudyk, Shemar Moore, Christopher Gorham, Justin Kirk, Jason O'Mara, Steve Blum, George Newbern, Bruce Thomas, Zach Callison, Lara Jill Miller, Rocky Carroll, Georgie Kidder
Synopsis: The world's finest heroes found the Justice League in order to stop an alien invasion of Earth.
Release Date: February 4, 2014
© 2013 Steven Escareno
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